Music Academy of the West announces promotion of Choral Director to Sing! Director after a national search
Performing artist and arts leader Erin McKibben will re-launch Sing! in six Santa Barbara elementary schools on Monday, January 10, 2022
Students interested in joining Sing!, the free of charge after school program, are welcome to attend three in-person events at the Music Academy on October 30, November 11, and December 11
Director/Founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York (YPC) Francisco J. Núñez will lead young musicians at the event on November 11
Erin is a stellar musician who has the solid grounding to inspire others. The students in Sing! will benefit from her insatiable curiosity about all music.
Wild Up Artistic Director Christopher Rountree
Erin has strong leadership skills to develop the Sing! program into a nationally recognized chorus that expands exponentially in Santa Barbara.
YPC Founder/Artistic Director & MacArthur Fellow Francisco J. Nu00fau00f1ez
I canu2019t wait to hear our Sing! musicians in live performance once again. Their concerts always evoke tears of joy as we see how much they are accomplishing and feel the beauty they so willingly share.
Santa Barbara County Education Office Assistant Superintendent & Music Academy Board member Ellen Barger
This is such a thrill to take the helm of this program that I hope will inspire generations of musicians and music lovers. I humbly step up to envision a whole community of singers in the future.
ABOUT SING!Started in 2018, the Sing! program is open to students in Santa Barbara County 1st through 6th grade. Performance opportunities include concerts and collaborations with the Music Academy family of artists, and future appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra. The program is offered at Adams, Canalino, Franklin, Harding, Hollister, and Isla Vista Elementary Schools, selected in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Students from other schools or home schools are welcome to attend at the school of their choice.
- Discover and develop their ability to imagine and express themselves through music.
- Gain confidence in using their voice to communicate ideas and emotions.
- Work together to create something larger than themselves.
- Learn about people and cultures from around the world through singing.
- Foster a lifelong love for listening to and making music.